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Physical Therapy

Physical therapy services

While surgery may be required to repair the body after an injury, the recovery process usually doesn’t stop there. After surgery, it’s often necessary for a patient to see a physical therapist or occupational therapist who will work with them to restore normal function. Sometimes your physician may even prescribe physical therapy in lieu of surgery to address mobility and pain issues.

Located in the same building as our medical offices, Great Basin Orthopaedics physical therapy and surgical services are highly integrated, providing patients with both convenience and continuity of care.

To book an appointment call the office today. 775.786.1600

The check-in process was efficient. All the staff members were professional and cordial.
General
If you live in the Reno area, you just can't do better than Great Basin Orthopaedic. I'm someone with knee problems going way back decades, as well as other orthopedic issues, so I think I know what I'm talking about. Don't settle, get the best, go to Great Basin, or, as they call it GBO. I promise you will be glad you did.
Wanda H.

Staff at Great Basin Orthopaedics are so caring.

Healthgrades
Fixed my sons Right Clubfoot with very mininal treatment compared to other doctors recommendations. Minimal serial casting, No surgery, minimal bracing time. And over a year now with No treatment, and His foot looks perfect. Although I felt rushed along, and sometimes dismissed. I cant complain much, as I also felt the doctor did an excellent job, and wasnt there to screw around or put me through the ringer with extra treatments or procedures. Too many doctors out there seem to try and treat Clubfoot, and do more damage than good. Dont go anywhere else for clubfoot treatment.
Trisha R

I can not thank Dr. Dickens enough!!!! He got my daughter in the following Monday after her injury and then surgery the next day!!! So great full and thankful for him! He did awesome job as well with the surgery! Hardly don't see the scar!

Rater8
It's been a few years since I went here with a broken arm and I can't thank them enough for the excellent care I got!!! I was able to avoid surgery and avoid my arm getting to stiff since he didn't put me in a full cast. The staff was super friendly throughout the whole building from the receptionist, the nurses, the x-ray techs and the dr. Literally everyone had a smile and that's rarer these days
Carissa Byram
I will follow Amy wherever she goes. I relate to her because of her approach, and I trust her judgment and treatment plan(s) without hesitation.
Larry Brumberger
After my great success with Grant after my knee surgery, requested him once again for arthritis issues on both shoulders. While there are still improvements to be made, I feel I have made progress in a very short time, because of Grant’s knowledge & skills in his field! Most important, he cares about his patients & listens to their needs! In addition, Grant makes sure his staff follows through with his instructions & gives the same great care! Many thanks & appreciation to Grant & his staff at GBO!!
General
It was a great visit. I felt heard and cared for, and left feeling very satisfied. I immediately texted a friend to recommend GBO.
General
Absolutely positive experience!
Catherine Oppio

Dr. Dickens is a great surgeon he has done now over 4 surgeries after I was in a motorcycle accident when a car hit me. He has really been an advocate for me and for getting things taken care of. Plus his positive attitude and encouragement is second to none.

Healthgrades
Great staff, great service. In and out with answers and a plan.
Lenny Mad
Gracias por toda la ayuda durante la visita.
General
My son was seriously injured in a skateboarding accident. The hospital said nothing was broken and sent him home telling him to follow up with an orthopedic specialist. He did not have insurance but was in process of getting some as he just moved to Nevada and no long qualified on mine. I called all the orthopedic clinics I could find they all said they would not see him. Finally one said OK in Sept. Even though I told them he could not use his arm at all and was in incredible pain. Get some insurance and call back. I offered to self pay for him still no. I finally found Great Basin. They were the kindest most helpful people I had talked to anywhere. They got him in within 4 days. The cost was exactly what they said. They then counseled him on where and how to get some insurance. When I followed up with them the next day they explained how they had applied the payment I had sent and his situation regarding insurance. I understood he was going to need insurance for any major treatment. We just needed to have his arm examined and get a professional opinion and make sure letting it go, while we got insurance, was not going to cause more damage. Great Basin is the first medical facility I've had to deal with in the last two years that has actually treated us like living beings. I am so appreciative. Thank you for helping us.
Kacee Casto
Great Basin Orthopedics repaired my elbow accident and recently performed a total hip replacement. The elbow outcome was excellent using GBO's Physical Therapy services and I am hopeful the hip will be better than new in a short while. Stephen Capel was my therapist for the elbow and is now for my hip. I have full confidence with him.
James Tiner
Amazing professional! She made a custom splint for our son (who lost the tip of his thumb) so he could get back to playing sports. She squeezed him in without an appointment. Thank you!
stacy becker
Very professional! Very friendly, helpful and respectful.
Dawn S
Tina is knowledgeable, compassionate and has me on my way to recovery!
Elizabeth Korinek
The referral to the Physical Therapy Specialists was great! I really appreciate the efficiency of this practice in terms of taking me back at my scheduled appointment time, efficiency through x-ray, and not having to wait for the doctor. These attributes really made the experience.
General
I was never a patient, but as an intern I enjoyed my time working here. The Doctors who run the practice are top notch. Work environment is structured organized and cheerful. I was offered a position but they couldn't get it approved but they gave me the help I needed to get my degree!
Austin Noriega
Thorough, knowledgeable and professional
Jim Gaskill
It was super convenient having PT at the same place as my surgery because they worked together to help me focus on my goals, to know what I could and couldn’t do and what my limits were. They were available to answer my questions on the spot, which helped the entire process go faster.
Kiley Cryer
I love how smoothly everything runs here. My doctor is amazing the nurse is great too. From checking in, to follow ups to my surgery (ACL) everything went so smoothly and even my post op care. I wish all my doctors outside ortho would go so smoothly! Great job guys!
Sharon B.

The staff at Great Basin are the best I've ever encountered. I can't pick just one because they all work so well together and step in when needed to complete a task. I really thought it was amazing. AND all were so friendly and interested.

Rater8

If you have hand issues ~ Dr. Dooley is who you want as your physician. Knowledgeable, honest and validated my concerns. Wouldn't go anywhere else. Staff is superb and helpful.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I need physical therapy?

A physical therapy (PT) prescription from your orthopaedist will help you regain movement, restore function and alleviate pain. It is an integral part of orthopaedic rehabilitation. Your physical therapist will perform a comprehensive analysis of movement and dysfunction, identifying structural or soft tissue impairments and muscular imbalances or inefficiencies contributing to your presenting problem. PT can be prescribed before surgery, after surgery, or sometimes, in lieu of surgery. Check out our blog on why physical therapy matters.

What insurance types are accepted for Great Basin Orthopaedics PT?

Click for a complete list of insurance plans accepted at Great Basin Orthopaedics.

What physical therapy treatments are offered?

Your physical therapist will determine which treatments best meet your needs, but common therapies include: ultrasound, electrical stimulation, manual therapy (see below), cryotherapy (ice), heat therapy, mechanical traction, massage and dry needling. Your therapist may also prescribe specific exercise for you to do at home to support your healing process.

What is dry needling?

Dry needling is the use of acupuncture style needles to calm neurogenic inflammation and eliminate trigger points. This pain-free treatment option has been around for decades and has proven clinical success. The primary goal of dry needling is to desensitize supersensitive structures, to restore motion and function and to possibly induce a healing response to the tissue.

What is manual therapy?

Manual therapy techniques are skilled hand movements and skilled passive movements of joints and soft tissue that are intended to improve tissue extensibility; increase range of motion; induce relaxation; mobilize or manipulate soft tissue and joints; modulate pain; and reduce soft tissue swelling, inflammation, or restriction. Techniques may include manual lymphatic drainage, manual traction, massage, mobilization/manipulation, and passive range of motion.

These techniques may be used to decrease edema, pain, spasm, or swelling; enhance health, wellness, and fitness; enhance or maintain physical performance; increase the ability to move; or prevent or remediate impairment in body functions and structures, activity limitations, or participation restrictions to improve physical function.

Will physical therapy hurt?

Our goal is to increase your function and alleviate your pain. While your pain levels will fluctuate as you heal, the therapy is designed to move you toward less pain. There may be some temporary discomfort with your PT procedures, but you should not experience pain. Communicating with your therapist about what you are feeling during treatment will help minimize discomfort.

Does Great Basin Orthopaedics have a physical therapy clinic?

Yes, Great Basin Orthopaedics has an on-site physical therapy clinic located in the same building as our medical offices.

What will a physical therapy specialist do to help me heal?

Physical therapy can be prescribed before surgery, after surgery, and/or sometimes, instead of surgery. In all cases, a physical therapist’s goal is to help you regain movement, restore function and alleviate pain. Your physical therapist will work with you regularly to restore normal function and help you get back to optimal quality of life.

What is the difference between physical therapy and occupational therapy?

Physical therapy, also known as PT, focuses on helping improve your movement, mobility, and function. Physical therapists specialize in therapy programs for musculoskeletal injuries and disorders, sports injuries, and postoperative rehabilitation using a variety of exercises, stretches, or other physical activities.

Occupational therapy, also known as OT, focuses on helping you perform daily tasks more easily. This type of therapy focuses on improving your fine and gross motor skills so you can carry out specific day-to-day activities. They specialize in the treatment of the upper extremity (hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder) and work injuries. The services provided by occupational therapists include patient education, joint range of motion, adaptive techniques and splinting.